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How to replace hdd?


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#1 Xirw

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:09 PM

If you have a tablet, how do you replace the hard drive (or whatever it stores its data/os on?)

I want to replace the hdd between 2 identical tablets so I know in theory it should work but i cant find any online instructions. Is it possible to do this? What do tablets store stuff on since i dont even think a small ssd can fit in there

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:51 PM

Search using how to replace tablet hdd yields lots of results.

Tell us the manufacturer and model of the tablets for more exacting help. 


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 03:39 PM

Some tablets will use a SSD, otherwise they probably have their own memory chips attached to the motherboard itself. Most likely they are soldered down to the motherboard. How much effort are you willing to put into this project, and how good are you at soldering tiny chips? Just a heads up, as the storage unit in a tablet is NOT considered 'user replaceable' by any means.


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Posted 19 August 2014 - 04:34 PM

kokomodrums...you might enjoy reading about the challenges encountered by john566 to replace a SSD drive on

a Surface Pro. It is a long read...many forum pages. Anyone try opening up their pro yet? - Page 5

Space heater...hundred tiny screws...risky at every step...


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:29 PM

Some tablets will use a SSD, otherwise they probably have their own memory chips attached to the motherboard itself. Most likely they are soldered down to the motherboard. How much effort are you willing to put into this project, and how good are you at soldering tiny chips? Just a heads up, as the storage unit in a tablet is NOT considered 'user replaceable' by any means.

 

Is it possible/easier however to switch mobos?



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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:52 PM

I would assume it would be much easier to remove/replace the motherboard, but I don't have any experience with opening up tablets so I couldn't say for sure how they are attached to the case. If you don't mind, why are you trying to swap storage between two tablets? Maybe there is another solution to your issue other than swapping storage/mobos.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 04:12 PM

I would assume it would be much easier to remove/replace the motherboard, but I don't have any experience with opening up tablets so I couldn't say for sure how they are attached to the case. If you don't mind, why are you trying to swap storage between two tablets? Maybe there is another solution to your issue other than swapping storage/mobos.


Thanks for the reply. I have 2 Asus memo pad HD 7s. The first one I had the digitizer cracked so I replaced that but accident broke the LCD underneath . So instead of buying more parts and hope nothing else brakes, it would be cheaper to just buy another one. So the second one I have I rooted and everything but made the mistake of updating it because certain apps needed an update for it to work.

So of course the update didnt work, i even tried installing stock roms people had on xda but it would not receive otas. Other non stock custom roms were buggy so thats why i want to switch back to my old tablet hdd/mobo

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 07:47 PM

Asus MemoPad HD7 K00B ME173X Take Apart and Reassemble

▶ Asus MemoPad HD7 K00B ME173X Take Apart and Reassemble - YouTube


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Posted 26 August 2014 - 02:39 PM

I'm also not familiar with rooting etc, I guess if you can't find someone at xda-developers to figure it out, you might as well try the motherboard swap. Good luck!


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